We awoke this morning inside the Caledonian Canal. Shortly after breakfast, we began our ascent up Neptune’s Staircase; a series of eight locks. The Caledonian canal links four natural lochs: Lochy, Oich, Ness, and Dochfour. We spent our morning transiting the canal and hearing a lecture on board from our historian, Anna Webster. After lunch, we had the option to depart the ship at Kytra lock and walk the two miles alongside the canal into Fort Augustus. This picturesque town lies on the south shore of Loch Ness. We then took a longer hike around the outskirts of Fort Augustus to see the natural and cultural sights of this beautiful town of the Highlands. We returned to the Lord of the Glens to enjoy a much-deserved cocktail hour and dinner. A fantastic day here in Scotland.